I read a lot this summer, which I’m defining as any book finished in June through writing the post, and they were all really great reads. Check them out below.
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem
This book is at the top of my list because it’s just that interesting. This memoir by the fashion legend, Dapper Dan, himself, tells the story of not only his life but Harlem overall. It’s engaging, informative, heartbreaking, and provides a history of an aspect of hip hop culture often overlooked, the style. Get it on Amazon.
Seven Days in June
Another book that gutted me that I can’t help but love. These two leads only spent a brief time together during high school before running into each other years later at a work event. The last time they saw each other both of their lives looked extremely different than they do now. This book grapples with childhood trauma, familial strain, and love. I have no critiques I love it so much. Get it on Amazon.
Love & Other Words
This book is borderline devastating, but I love it all the same. When two childhood best friends and former lovers run into each other they discover they may be getting a second chance to be in each other’s lives. But is their past too painful? Read and find out. I actually recommend using an audiobook for this one. I use Libby to support my local library. Check it out here.
Parable of the Sower
This book is excellent, it’s honestly not in the top 3 of the summer because it is way too relatable for the present day. This dystopian novel really makes you unpack the reality we currently live in for sure. Get it on Amazon.
Truth of the Divine
Lindsay Ellis is (was? She’s on an indefinite break) one of my favorite creators on YouTube and her first book in this series was pretty high on my list for 2020. This one picks up where book one left off and begs the question: what makes us people and a part of a community? Find it on Amazon.
I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
This book stumbled onto my TBR from a GoodReads list. After the loss of her sister, Julia begins to question herself and her family. Her journey to find answers as she processes her trauma makes for a compelling novel about family, culture, and individuality. Get it on Amazon.
By the Book
Is this a book round-up on Simply Syd without some romance? This book is a fractured fairytale of Disney’s version of Beauty and The Beast. It’s not a book that made me reflect but it is a fun read if you’re looking for something light, fun, and sweet. This is another one I recommend doing as an audiobook on Libby, or whatever service you may use.
You’ll Grow Out of It
Another memoir (I’m finding I love memoirs) this time from writer Jessi Klein. she writes about being a late bloomer and overall awkward human being trying to find and maintain her place in the world. I also recommend doing this audiobook!
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Did you read anything good this summer? Leave your recommendations in the comments!